With her debut novel, It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy, Ms. Quanie Miller has written a masterpiece. I absolutely love this book! Reality TV has nothing on the Peacock family. It’s filled with wild scenes like family members overlooking a mere detail of a grown man asking for lighter fluid and no one is barbequing, or calling the neighbors out in the middle of the street for engaging in extracurricular activities. When Jasmine T. Peacock describes her family as eccentric, she is absolutely correct; at this point I should have known stranger things would develop as Jasmine’s world is revealed.
Jasmine, also known as Jazzy, is independent, feisty, sarcastic and comical; whose personal life hits a dry spell when she refuses to cosign on a vehicle for Curtis, her ex. Curtis can be called many things especially for having Jazzy witness his proposal to her first cousin, Mercedes, her nemesis. Mercedes is a malicious, bitter, thoughtless psychopath on the brink of a breakdown, who has no fashion sense…everything cannot be leopard print. The plot thickens when the love triangle becomes a love square with Reggie, Mercedes’s ex, the love she lost but never had. As much as l love Jasmine’s character, annoyance kicked in for doing the unthinkable…taking advice about Reggie from Mercedes’s friend.
This book is fun to read and filled with nonstop laughter. There were certain scenes I wanted to revisit, and before I knew it, I was reading the entire book again. Readers, you will want to know how Jazzy uses peanut butter as payback toward Curtis and why she needs to rescue her mom from the neighbor’s basement. Another character I couldn’t get enough of is Aunt Cleotha, clutching her pearls and sprinkling holy water. I’m looking forward to reading more from Quanie Miller, which is why It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy is highly recommended.
-Reviewed by LaMona